I’ve been sharing my journey to health and fitness online for 15 months now and I’ve learned a little along the way. People are funny…here’s the three types of reactions I’ve come up against:
SUPPORTERS: The best crew ever. They ‘like’ your Nike+ posts on Facebook so you get cheers along your run, they add comments of support on progress pictures, and they click on your blog posts — and even comment on there too.
SKEPTICS: They are super annoying. They either find something snarky to say online or use a back channel to express their concerns for your health. My health? Last time I checked running 20 miles a week far out-weighed the benefits of a coffee and bagel breakfast. Don’t bash it because you don’t understand it. Join me for a week and then we can chat ;)
STALKERS: These people are the most rewarding when it comes to sharing, seriously! They watch yet don’t comment. Then they walk up to you at an event, at work, or over dinner and tell you how you’ve inspired them to make life changes…how much your actions have affected them. These moments blow my mind because they remind me that it doesn’t take a like on Facebook to know you’ve made a difference, that for every negative reaction you know you’ve inspired five positive ones.
From supporters to skeptics and stalkers, every one of you has been an integral and essential part in driving me forward. I share because I am driven by YOUR SUPPORT, I am driven by your SKEPTICISM, I am driven knowing I am an INSPIRATION to the quiet ones.
Carry on, I’m listening and I appreciate every action, online and off :)